What the brand says: This unique combination of 100% plant-derived oils combats skin dryness, and restores natural health and glow to skin. Without the greasiness one would expect from an “oil”. It gets to work instantly, restoring your natural glow by replenishing lost nutrients, fighting oxidative damage, and preventing Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) from your skin.
The product is a blend of 10 skin beneficial oils mentioned below-
1. Grape seed oil- Source of linoleic acid that helps reduce clogged pores
2. Sea buckthorn oil- This is the richest source of vitamin C that limits free radical damage
3. Rose hip oil- Extremely rich source of antioxidants that helps slow down ageing
4. Argan oil- Rich in omega-6 fatty acids and helps ease skin inflammation
5. Sweet Almond oil- Hydrates and protects the skin
6. Apricot seed oil- Natural source of vitamin A that lubricates and heals
7. Sunflower seed oil- Rich in minerals that gives you a healthier looking skin
8. Olive oil- Vegan source of squalene that repairs damaged skin
9. Pomegranate seed extract- Rich in omega-5 fatty acids that counters free radical damage
10. Jojoba seed oil – Contains vitamin B complex & iodine that has healing property
MY TAKE ON PLUM GRAPESEED AND SEA BUCKTHORN GLOW-RESTORE FACE OILS BLEND
Packaging:The oil comes in a travel-friendly frosty glass bottle with a dropper screw-cap. The packaging is quite similar to that of clarins facial oils.
Texture: The oil is like a dry-oil and very lightweight. Settles to a hydrating non-greasy film on your skin if used in right quantity.
How I use: The oil can be used during the day time under your makeup, foundation or moisturizer and before bedtime prior to using any night cream. I like to apply 3 drops during the day and 4-5 drops before bedtime for intense hydration. Simply press the oil onto your skin.
First impressions: The oil is made for normal to dry and very dry skin but it feels good on my combination skin too. I have slight oily T-zone with dry skin on my cheeks and clogged pores around the chin area. I used this under my makeup on bare skin before applying a primer and makeup looked really healthy and glowy with no dry patches. Also, there was no oiliness that one would expect from a facial ‘oil’ especially when used under makeup. 3 drops of this oil seem to work fine during the day under moisturizer but I did feel my T-zone getting a bit shiny after 3-4 hours. I used 4-5 drops of this oil before bedtime, after thorough exfoliation and topped it up with a hydrating moisturizer. Since the oil is safe to be used under and around the eyes, I used it under my eye cream too. Skin looked fresh, soft and well hydrated the next morning. Also, cheeks felt touchable with no dryness. There wasn’t any visible glow or any miraculous change in my skin but one cannot expect any instant results from skin care products! By far, the products seems good even if it isn’t specifically made for combination skin. Let us see how it performs with regular 1 month use!
**UPDATE AFTER 1 MONTH OF USAGE: It’s been around a month (25-26 days) that I have been using this oil. Since the product claims to be specifically made for dry to normal skin, I thought it would be fair to test it accordingly and I asked my mum to use it along with me who has dry-normal skin. So, below is a detailed review on the product according to the claims made-
Banish dryness/hydrate & protect- When I first started using this product, the weather was still cold and dry and it did an amazing job in healing the dry patches on my combination skin. The face oil worked well on my mum’s dry-normal skin as well. Also, the facial oil kept my skin well hydrated under makeup and there were no dry patches visible.
Glowing skin- I feel even after using the product for over a month, there isn’t any visible healthy-glow on my skin or my mum’s skin. Skin definitely looks and feels softer but not glowing!
PS. We have used various products that actually gave a remarkable glow to the skin, but this one did not.
Slow down ageing- I am still in my mid 20s so testing this on my skin makes no sense. Although, my mum felt the product made her skin look and feel soft and that’s about it. Anti-ageing effects cannot really be seen/observed visibly after 1 month of product usage.
Ease inflammation- I often get inflamed acne on my skin and redness around nose area but the product did not do anything to ease the redness or calm down inflammation. Also, the product isn’t made for acne so this cannot be a con. Although, it did nothing to calm down skin inflammation whatsoever.
Reduce clogged pores- I get clogged pores all the time and the product only added on to it and I got more painful infected pores and acne on my skin. My pores were already clogged and the facial oil made it worse. I had to use the la roche posay effaclar duo cream to unclog my pores (and also steam my face) once I stopped using this.
Repair damaged skin- I have damaged and textured skin and the product did nothing to improve it.
Even out skin-tone under the eye- Even when I stopped using this on my face, I continued using this under the eye and it kept my under eye soft and well hydrated; but, it did nothing to even out the skin tone.
Looks like the product is great to keep your skin hydrated and heal any dry patches. And my friends, that’s about it! I and my mum expected a lot from this facial oil but it did not really impress us. It definitely made my mum’s skin very soft and well hydrated and also kept our under eye healthy and soft, nothing beyond that. Also, the oil felt greasy after few minutes of application on my combination skin and mum’s dry-normal skin too. Tried using it both under and over a moisturizer but it felt the same. I wish the brand made this oil a bit lighter. Also, I hope the brand comes with a variant for oily-acne prone skin.
- Travel friendly
- Smells pleasant
- Contains skin beneficial natural ingredients
- Feel quite hydrating
- Hides and heals dry patches
- Makes skin softer
- Little goes a long way
- Using too much of the product can make your skin look a bit shiny
- No visible glow
- Did not really even-out under eye area
- Did nothing to repair damaged skin
- Added on to my clogged pores
PRICE: INR 775/- for 30 mL